Exciting changes ahead for port
WITH the Gladstone Ports Corporation being one of the biggest employers in Gladstone it is no surprise that the focus on Gladstone locals extends to future development works.
The completion of stage 1A of the East Shores development has been well received with locals using the new facilities on a daily basis but with stage 1B officially kicking off in terms of planning in August and stage 2 just around the corner, chief executive officer Peter O’Sullivan said this time around GPC will take a more “hands on” approach.
“We are now looking towards the future not only with the East Shores development but all along the foreshore extending from where the cruise ships dock to all the way past the bridge up to the Port Social Club building,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“GPC owns all of the land from past the Gladstone Yacht Club to the Port Social Club and the long-term plan is for that area to become a major precinct for both commercial and residential premises.”
In August, LNG companies Santos and QGC opened up their new ferry terminal on Alf O’Rourke Dr with the former QGC ferry terminal at Auckland Point now in the hands of GPC.
“GPC are looking to bring pontoon to Auckland Point new and larger Patsy Lee Place,” he said.
“It will also provide a berth for vessels so when the cruise ships are in people will walk straight down off the ship and be able to board a harbour tour.
“We’re looking at building a cafe precinct, an interpretive centre and incorporating the Maritime Museum.”
The Stage 1A building contractor for the East Shores development was Hutchinson Builders but this time around Mr O’Sullivan said Stage 1B will hopefully be spread around Gladstone contractors.
The estimated cost to build and refurbish buildings is more than $10 million with landscaping and park facilities estimated to cost a further $15 million. Mr O’Sullivan said the overall cost of the project comes in at just under $30 million.
“Obviously the main things we look for is experience in undertaking works on a scale consistent with what GPC is hoping to achieve,” he said.
“Contractors will need to know how to run a job of this size and cost and they’ll need to demonstrate not only their skills and abilities but that they have a proven track record of managing a project of that size.”
Mr O’Sullivan will be a speaker at the GEA Major Industry Conference on October 12 and he will provide information about work on the East Shores development and GPC’s outlook on the next five years.
MANAGEMENT TEAM: GPC cargo handling operations Paul McGuire, GPC CEO Peter O’Sullivan and GPC chairman Leo Zussino.
BIG NUMBERS: The Gladstone Ports Corporation handled a record tonnage in 2015-16.